By Ray Lumfardo
Banff National Park’s Upper Hot Springs are one of the greatest attractions of this area, and in fact, where the reason the park was created. The Banff Upper Hot Springs are have an excellent, historic bath house and spa – against the backdrop of some of the best Canadian Rockies alpine scenery, including Mount Rundel.
At the Banff Hotsprings you can relax in the comfort of soothing hot water that other travelers have enjoyed for more than a century.
The hot springs are family friendly, with a children’s wading area, and spacious change rooms with heated floors that include family change / unit room. The hot springs also have a day spa that offers a variety massage therapies, steam room, aromatherapy, and wellness treatments.
Interestingly, it was a dispute over ownership of these hot springs that triggered the development of Canada’s first national park in 1885.
Banff’s Upper Hot Springs are located 128 km west of Calgary, 25 km east of the Castle Mountain Junction (Trans-Canada Highway). The Upper Hot Springs are on Mountain Avenue, four kilometres south of the Town of Banff. Follow Banff Avenue over the Bow River and turn left (east) at the last set of traffic lights. Follow the signs for 3.6 km to the Hot Springs parking lot at the end of Mountain Avenue.
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Want to get into even more hot water?
To enjoy experience more of the Canadian Rockies Hot Springs, visit Radium Hot Springs in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia and Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park.
Radium Hot Springs pools are open year round and located 103 km south west of the Trans Canada Highway (Castle Junction in Banff National Park) on Highway 93. Arriving from the north or south? Radium Hot Springs pools are located 3 km north east of the Highway 93 and 95 junction.
Miette Hot Springs located in the heart of the Fiddle Valley are open from May until October. Arriving from the west? Miette Hot Springs are located 44 km east of the Jasper townsite and 17 km south on the Miette Road. Arriving from the east? We’re 31 km from Hinton, 3 km from the Jasper National Park east gate and 17 km up the Miette Road. Look for the signs and the Pocahantas bungalows and campground on Highway 16.